OHSU builds new Medicaid data resource to support research, help inform policy

National Medicaid data

OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness is building a research resource with newly available national Medicaid data, a critical source for understanding and evaluating access, quality, and the cost of care for low-income Americans.

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This Medicaid data – known as the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System – was recently made available to researchers across the U.S. This creates an enormous opportunity for studying the Medicaid system, which has routinely been restricted to single-state studies, limiting options for research. Acquiring and setting up the database, however, required an investment of roughly $650,000, but, once established, the cost of re-use for new projects is nominal.

If you are interested in accessing this resource for your research, email Ruth Rowland, CHSE Director of Operations, rowlanru@ohsu.edu

“The investment in this data system was made possible at OHSU by the Silver Family Innovation Fund and builds on a 2012 matching gift by the Silvers that helped launch the center,” said John McConnell, Ph.D., director of the OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, which is building the database. “I’m eager to see the new avenues of research that this will make possible.”

The Center for Health Systems Effectiveness has built deep expertise in the Medicaid program since its founding in 2012. This grew alongside the state of Oregon’s development of programs that have made the state a nationally recognized leader in Medicaid reform.

In the past five years the center has published more than 40 studies of Medicaid in journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs. The Center has led or supported more than $23 million in Medicaid-related grant and contract funding.

McConnell sees the Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System as a valuable resource to investigators studying areas including reproductive health; substance use disorders; long term care; health disparities; mental health; vaccinations; and many more in populations from infants to the elderly.

OHSU researchers interested in accessing this resource for their research should contact Ruth Rowland, CHSE Director of Operations, rowlanru@ohsu.edu. The resource is only available to OHSU faculty; investigators outside OHSU interested in finding a collaborator at OHSU may also contact Ruth Rowland.

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